Miscellaneous Medina County, Ohio Obituaries

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Nancy S. Farnsworth
Nancy S. Farnsworth, 51, of Sharon Township, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999.
She was formerly employed by Buckeye Title Co. and Berk's Title Co.
She is survived by her mother, Eileen (nee Roach); niece, Maija Farnsworth; nephews, Lee and Shawn Farnsworth; grandniece, Jocelyn; and grandnephews, Mason and Weiss.
She was preceded in death by her father, Walter, and brother, Walter Lee.
Visiting hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Edmund J. Kwiecien Sr.
Edmund J. Kwiecien Sr., 70, died Friday, Jan. 27, 1999, in Las Vegas.
He was born May 1, 1928, in Cleveland and was a longtime resident of Brunswick before retiring to Las Vegas. Mr. Kwiecien was a plumber and worked in the automotive industry. He was a past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus in Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Kwiecien; sons, Edmund J. Kwiecien Jr. of Strongsville, Michael (Cynthia) Shaw of Medina; daughters, Beverly Valentine of Wadsworth and Joann (Rodney) Edmonds, Rosemary (Michael) Simon and Victoria (Ronald) Senauskas, all of Brunswick; grandchildren, Troy, Todd, Edmund, Dustin, Rodney, Trisha, Jacob and Nicolle; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen (Chester) Kuminski, Lillian (Stanley) Mikolay, Jean (Casey) Kalman; brother, Richard (Virginia) Kwiecien; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; parents, John and Josephine; and brothers, John and Henry.
Funeral Mass: 9:30 a.m. today at St. Ambrose Catholic Church Chapel, Brunswick.

Mary E. McConnell
Mary "Elaine" McConnell, of Brunswick, went to be with her King, our Lord and Savior, on Jan. 27, 1999, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Elaine was born in Cleveland, where she met and married her husband, Ed, of 41 years from Altoona, Pa. She was a devoted wife, mother, and "Nonnie" to her grandchildren. Elaine was a dedicated, compassionate and loving sister and supportive friend to many.
She is survived by her loving husband, Ed; daughters, Kathleen Eagleston of Ft. Myers, Fla., Kim Edwards and husband, Anthony, of Brunswick, and Kelly Walker and husband, Joe, of Medina; stepson, David and wife, Sue, of Austin, Texas; six "Nonnie & Poppie" kids, Fallon, J.C., Rachel, Jeremiah and Nikki; sister, Louise Petro and husband, Bill; brother, Dr. David Adams and wife, Diane of North Olmsted; eight nieces and nephews and their 14 children.
Memorial service: 3 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Chapel, 3939 Granger Road, Granger Township.
The family suggest memorial contributions be sent to SWF Christian Academy, Scholarship Fund, 3750 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33912, in lieu of flowers.

Irene M. Pfingsten
Irene M. Pfingsten, has passed away.
She was the beloved wife of William; dear mother of Kathleen (John) Wagg, Karen (Robert) McCurdy, William Jr. (Sue) and Robert; grandmother of eight; great-grandmother of one; and sister of Nora Schmiel and Norman.
She was preceded in death by her son, Allen James, and sister, Evelyn Keger.
Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. today at Sts. Philip & James Church, 3727 Bosworth Road, Cleveland.
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery.
Visiting hours: Two hours prior to Mass at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Sight Center, 1909 E. 101 St., Cleveland, 44106, in her name.

M. Larry Schmith
M. Larry Schmith, loving husband, father and grandfather, went home to be with Our Lord, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, in Akron.
He was born in Cleveland, and was a longtime resident of the Akron-Medina area. He graduated from Bowling Green State University, and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was director of SPAHEN and past director of the Medina Area Chamber of Commerce. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Dottie of Stow; daughters, Debbie, and Denise (Kevin) McCormick, all of Texas, Amy (David) Cooper of Medina; mother of his three daughters, June Schmith of Medina; daughters, Kim (Joe) Vitt of Pennsylvania, Cindi (Todd) Tuck, of Akron; son, Jason (Holly) Mize of Cuyahoga Falls; 10 grandchildren; special friends, John and Gail Smith, Molly, Maggie, Bradshaw and Patrick.
Service: 1:30 p.m., Monday at First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls, 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls.
Visiting hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the McGowan-Reid & Santos Funeral Home, 247 Stow Ave., Cuyahoga Falls.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hattie Larlham Foundation, 9772 Diagonal Road, Attn: Memorial Donations, Mantua, OH 44255.

Walter J. Thomas
Walter J. Thomas, 87, of Medina, died Thurs., Feb. 4, 1999, at Evergreen Care Center in Medina.
He was born in Medina and was a lifetime resident. He graduated from Medina High School in 1931 where he was an active member of the track team.
Mr. Thomas was employed by the A.I. Root Co. for many years, which provided him the opportunity to travel to Parker Ranch on the big island of Hawaii in the village of Kamuela to improve bee pollination. At one time, he served as the Medina and Wood County bee inspector. He was an active member of the Medina County Bee Keepers Association and helped at the Medina County Fair honey booth. He owned and operated his own honey business for many years.
Mr. Thomas was a member of the Knights of Pythian and Comet Lodge 60 for 67 years. He was also an active member of Medina United Methodist Church where he became a member on April 4, 1920, and taught Sunday school for many years. He was an inspiration to his students. Mr. Thomas was also a member of the Medina County Historical Society.
He was a custodian at Buckeye High School, where he was often included in class reunions. Mr. Thomas collected stamps, coins, postcards, and Coca Cola items. He enjoyed fishing and sports, especially the Cleveland Indians.
He is survived by his wife, Thursa Thomas (nee Mersing) of Medina; daughter, Joan Winkler (Roy) of Seville; sister, Margaret Motz of Cameron Park, Calif.; brother, Jack Thomas of Medina; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Elizabeth (nee McMillen) Thomas; and stepmother, Maude Buffington Thomas.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Medina United Methodist Church, 260 S. Court St., Medina. The Rev. Irwin Jennings and the Rev. James Patterson will officiate.
Burial: York Township Cemetery, Mallet Creek.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, 765 N. Court St., Medina.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Medina United Methodist Church's elevator fund.

Ralph Wellman
Ralph Wellman, 74, of Seville, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, at Akron City Hospital.
He was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Huntington, W.Va., to Charley and Blanche (Afliff) Wellman, and lived in Seville for 43 years. He was employed at Permold Corp. in Medina for 29 years until retiring in 1990.
He attended Seville First Baptist Church and was a Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Wellman enjoyed traveling and camping.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine (Brumfield); daughters, Yvonne (Larry) Bratcher of Burbank and Judy (Dale) Campbell of Medina; granddaughters, Candace and Amanda Campbell, Amber and April Ross; stepgrandson, Adam Bratcher; brother, Charley Wellman Jr. of Wadsworth; and sisters, Bessie Foreman of West Virginia, Bertha Banfield, Myrtie Banfield and Orpha Conger, all of Wadsworth.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Russell Wellman.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman. The Rev. Terry N. Tareila will officiate.
Burial: Mound Hill Cemetery, Seville.
Visiting hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 22 E. Main St., Seville, 44273.

Celia S. Novak
Celia Sophie Novak (nee Franczak), 104, of Medina, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, at Ohio Pythian Sisters Home of Medina.
She was born in Poland and had been a Medina County resident for 11 years. She lived in the Grafton area for 61 years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church and for many years had attended Assumption Catholic Church in Grafton. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Francis. Mrs. Novak was a homemaker.
She is survived by her son, Frank Novak of Van Nuys, Calif.; daughter, Genevieve Kubis of Medina; daughter and son-in-law, Stella and Jerry Jameyson of Medina; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; and seven brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina. The Rev. Father Russ Rauscher will officiate.
Burial: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Grafton.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.

LeRoy W. O'Haire
LeRoy William O'Haire, 74, of Brunswick, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, at home, following a six-month illness.
He was born Dec. 20, 1924, in Cleveland and had been employed as a tool maker for Ford Motor Co. in Brook Park for 39 years. He retired in 1991. He was a member of St. Ambrose Church in Brunswick and a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. Mr. O'Haire enjoyed playing golf, traveling, snow skiing and playing with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Lois (nee Moore) O'Haire, to whom he was married 51 years; daughter, Kathleen Singer of Medina; sons, Timothy O'Haire of Parma and Michael O'Haire of Watsonville, Calif.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Millicent Cannon of Reighly, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Timothy and Florence (nee Meyers) O'Haire; and brother, Robert O'Haire.
Mass: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick Church in Wellington. Father James J. Reymann will officiate.
Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Wellington.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at Norton Funeral Home, 370 S. Main; and one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Western Reserve, Brunswick Fire Department or St. Ambrose Church.

Charles R. Posey Jr.
Charles R. Posey Jr., 21, of Brunswick, died Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, in Brunswick.
He was born Jan. 15, 1978, in Cleveland and had been a Medina County resident for 18 years. He was a parts manager at Comvac Inc. in Valley View for the past two years. He enjoyed computers and the Internet and loved his dog, Boomer.
He is survived by his father, Charles R. Posey Sr.; mother, Virginia (nee Kolin) Joachim of Brunswick; stepfather, Ray Joachim of Brunswick; sisters, Heather Ray Joachim and Sandra Lappa, both of Brunswick; and grandparents, Charles and Wilma Kolin, Tom and Helen Wakeley, and Starling and Betty Joachim.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ambrose Church 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick.
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Cleveland.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71).

John C. Spieth
John C. Spieth, 90, of Medina, died Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, at Life Care Center of Medina.
He was born in York Township and resided all his life in Medina County. He was a member of Knights of Pythias, Comet Lodge 60 and Pythian Sisters Comet Temple 259. Mr. Spieth had been a member of Medina United Methodist Church for 57 years. He had been very active for many years in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Mr. Spieth had worked at the former Feckley Motors for more than 30 years as an auto mechanic. He retired in 1978 from Gallucci Chevrolet in Medina, where he had been an auto mechanic for more than 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Carrie, to whom he was married 68 years; children, Barbara (George) Rak of Valley City, Richard Spieth of Naples, Fla., and David Spieth of York; grandson, George Louis Vincent (Rebecca) Rak of Lafayette Township; brother, Edward Spieth of Strongsville; and sister, Alice Spieth of Lakewood.
Service: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City. The Rev. James Patterson will officiate.
Burial: Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Valley City.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the Knights of Pythias, Comet Lodge 60 will have a service at 7.
Memorials may be made to Knights of Pythias, Comet Lodge 60, Medina.

Walter J. Thomas
Walter J. Thomas, 87, of Medina, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, at Evergreen Care Center in Medina.
He was born in Medina and was a lifetime resident of Medina County. He graduated from Medina High School in 1931, where he was an active member of the track team.
Mr. Thomas was employed by A.I. Root Co. for many years, which provided him the opportunity to travel to Parker Ranch on the big island of Hawaii in the village of Kamuela to improve bee pollination. At one time, he served as bee inspector for Medina and Wood counties. He was an active member of Medina County Bee Keepers Association and helped at the Medina County Fair honey booth. He owned and operated his own honey business for many years.
Mr. Thomas was a member of Knights of Pythias, Comet Lodge 60 for 67 years and an active member of Medina United Methodist Church, where he became a member on April 4, 1920. He taught Sunday school for many years and was an inspiration to his students. Mr. Thomas was also a member of Medina County Historical Society.
He was a custodian at Buckeye High School, where he was often included in class reunions. Mr. Thomas collected stamps, coins, postcards and Coca Cola items. He enjoyed fishing and sports, especially the Cleveland Indians.
He is survived by his wife, Thursa Thomas (nee Mersing) of Medina; daughter, Joan (Roy) Winkler of Seville; sister, Margaret Motz of Cameron Park, Calif.; brother, Jack Thomas of Medina; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Elizabeth (nee McMillen) Thomas; and stepmother, Maude Buffington Thomas.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Medina United Methodist Church, 260 S. Court St., Medina. The Revs. Irwin Jennings and James Patterson will officiate.
Burial: York Township Cemetery, Mallet Creek.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, 765 N. Court St., Medina.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Medina United Methodist Church's elevator fund.

Ella M. Doran
Ella M. Doran (nee Kern), 83, of Medina, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at Evergreen Care Center.
She was born in Cleveland and had been a Medina County resident for 18 years. Mrs. Doran was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and had served in the Peace Corps for two years in Bolivia. She was the resident director at Kent State University.
She is survived by her son, William (Judy) Doran of Springfield, Va.; daughter, Elinor (Jim) Judson of Medina; grandchildren, William, Nancy, Kendall, Barbara, Catherine, William, Patricia and Thomas; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank and Edward Kern.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina.
Burial: All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3250 W. Market St. #304, Fairlawn, 44333.

Kathleen J. Morton
Kathleen June Morton, 80, of Wooster, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at Wooster Community Hospital.
She was born June 18, 1918, in Brunswick to Reuben Omri and Clara Perkins Morton. She had been a teacher for 37 years, having taught in Litchfield Township, Lodi and Wooster. Ms. Morton was a member of Wooster United Methodist Church, where she served as Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of United Methodist Church Women, English Club, Alpha Theta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Wayne County Retired Teachers Association, Wayne County Historical Society, the Wilderness Center and the National Audubon Society. In 1939, she received her elementary education diploma from Kent State University and her bachelor of science in education in 1946 and her master's of education in 1960 from Kent State. She had done post-graduate work at Kent State and the University of Akron. She had done volunteer work for Quota Club, helped with vacation Bible school and was a cancer crusade worker.
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Wooster United Methodist Church.
Burial: Bennetts Corners Cemetery, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: One hour prior to service at the church.
Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to Wooster United Methodist Church Library, 243 N. Market St., Wooster, 44691; or Wayne County Public Library, 304 N. Market St., Wooster, 44691; in her memory.

Ruby R. Pierce
Ruby R. Pierce, 75, of Morristown, Tenn., died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at her home.
She was born in Tennessee and had resided in Valley City most of her adult life. When her husband retired in 1984, they returned to Tennessee.
She is survived by her husband, Robert; son, Bob (Betty) Pierce of Charlotte, N.C.; daughters, Clara Roach of Morristown, Jody Frambach of Charlotte, Jessie Aldridge of Countryside, Ill., and Vickie (Michael) Fulton of Litchfield Township; grandchildren, Leigh Stevens, Greg Roach, Nathan and Steven Frambach, Rachel and Josh Fulton; four great-grandchildren; and three sisters.
Service and visiting hours: Will be held at Westside Chapel Funeral Home, 3521 W. Andrew Johnson Highway, Morristown.

Gloria A. Stevers
Gloria Ann Stevers, 56, of Strongsville, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, at her residence.
She was born May 8, 1942, and had been a homemaker.
Mrs. Stevers is survived by her husband, Roger; sons, Mike Stevers, Roger Stevers Jr. and Brian Stevers; daughters, Laura Straube and Sandy Stevers; brothers, David and Wally Farrenholz; and grandchildren, Scotty, Mikey and Peyton Straube, and Brittany and Nicholas Stevers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Eleanor Farrenholz.
Service and visitation will be private.
Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, Brunswick, is in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Andrew W. Frantz Sr.
Andrew W. Frantz Sr., 91, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at Life Care Center of Medina.
He was born Feb. 24, 1907, in Cleveland and had been a Medina County resident for many years. He was an avid golfer and bowler. He had been employed as a machinist.
He is survived by his son, Andrew Jr. (Barbara) of Hinckley Township; daughter, Alice (Lowell) Smith of Corning, Ohio; sister, Helen Lauritz of California; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred; parents, Adolph and Anna Frantz; four brothers; and two sisters.
Memorial service: 8 p.m. today at Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road, Brunswick.
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Cleveland.
Visiting hours: 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Medina County Hospice.

Artie Griffin
Artie Griffin, 88, of Rittman, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, at Rittman Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Oct. 25, 1910, in Stiltner, W.Va., to William and Malinda (Napier) Spence and lived in Rittman since 1954. She was a homemaker and member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Wayne, W.Va.
She is survived by her sons, Glenn (Mary Ellen) Griffin of Smithville and James (Malinda) Griffin of Kissimmee, Fla.; daughters, Linda (Geza) Csatlos of Wadsworth and Emogene (Earl) Osborn of Seville; 17 grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; 25 great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Griffin, in 1975; sons, William Griffin, in 1980, and Charles Griffin, in 1982; and grandson, Kevin Griffin, in 1994.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Gillman Funeral Home, 360 W. Sunset Drive, Rittman. Enos Adkins will officiate.
Burial: Rittman Cemetery
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Selena N. Kimble
Baby Selena Nieves Kimble was stillborn Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at Medina General Hospital.
She is survived by her mother, Sonia Kimble of Brunswick; brothers, Bradon and Darren, both at home; grandparents, James and Normie Kimble of Brunswick; uncle, Raymond Kimble of Brunswick; and aunt, Sarah Kimble of Brunswick.
Graveside service: 9:30 a.m. Friday at Resurrection Cemetery, Valley City. The Rev. Thomas Montavon will officiate.
Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, Brunswick, is in charge of arrangements.

Alma E. Lucas
Alma E. Lucas, 83, of Brunswick, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, in Brunswick.
She was born April 5, 1915, in Cleveland and had been a Medina County resident for 24 years. Mrs. Lucas was a homemaker.
She is survived by her granddaughters, Deborah A. and Lori L. Wagner, both of Brunswick.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; daughter, Joan Wagner; and son-in-law, Donald Wagner.
A graveside service was held at Lutheran Cemetery in Cleveland.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Edward L. Rodamaker
Edward L. Rodamaker, 83, of Medina, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at Medina General Hospital.
He was born in Oakfield, N.Y., and had been a Medina County resident for 15 years. Mr. Rodamaker was a jeweler. He owned and operated Gem Craft in Medina for 15 years. He was a professor at State University in Geneseo, N.Y., and a realtor in Brunswick.
He is survived by his sons, Lee W. Rodamaker of Rush, N.Y., and Mark Rodamaker of California; and grandchildren, Wendy and Scott Rodamaker, both of California.
Private family services will be held in Geneseo at a later date.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, is in charge of local arrangements.


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